2001 Nissan Skyline

GT-R V-Spec II Coupe
$52.6M at Mecum Monterey 2022
Thursday, 18 August - Saturday, 20 August 2022
Sale Price
$750,000 - $850,000
Est. Range
20 August 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Modified original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. BNR34401250. Bayside Blue over gray cloth. NISMO carbon intake pipes, Trust exhaust, Garage Defend cooling panel, GReddy radiator and intake manifold, electronically adjustable Tein coil overs, Volk TE37 wheels, Momo steering wheel. Imported by MotoRex and loaned to Paul Walker for an extended test drive, during that time it was upgraded by GReddy Performance and shown at SEMA as well as appearing in a BF Goodrich marketing campaign. Offered for sale by its secondnd owner.

Evaluation: The Bayside Blue paint shows very well and has only one crack in the finish on the front bumper where it meets the left fender. Under the hood is very clean and shows no wear, deterioration or oxidation of plastic or metal parts. The underbody is well kept only needing a detail to remove dirt from use. The interior presents very well and has no meaningful use. An exceptionally well kept R34 with noteworthy provenance.

Bottom Line: Simply put, this car was a fish out of water amongst the sea of muscle cars and muscle car enthusiasts a Mecum auction brings. It is a big deal to JDM fans when an R34 GT-R comes up for sale, but many Mecum auctiongoers paid little serious attention. The Paul Walker, SEMA and BF Goodrich ad connection should have been a slam dunk for the seller, instead the car sold off the block for $172,500 under low estimate.

This sale should be taken with a grain of salt. Given the white hot Skyline market, the seller would have been justified in taking the car back home with them. Lessons that can be taken away from this sale is even cars that sell themselves benefit from consigning at the right venue and allowing for proper marketing.

by Greg Ingold
14 September 2022

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